Tony Bellew Admits He Urged David Haye to Retire

Tony Bellew

"If he gets on that Düsseldorf form I don't fancy the night that that could incur for me", added Bellew.

Tony Bellew produced an explosive performance to land a stunning second stoppage win in 14 months over fellow Briton David Haye at London's O2 Arena.

With Bellew forcing the pace and applying the pressure, it was clear to see that Haye was struggling to match the pace and deal with the sharp and precise shots being thrown at him by the Merseyside fighter.

Bellew continued to dominate, and in round five, Bellew another massive left hook that sent Haye to the deck for a third time.

The rivalry with Haye has delivered Bellew the two biggest pay days of his career as their heated exchanges drew in fans on pay-per-view television. He again beat the count, but the bout was stopped soon after by referee Howard Foster. He was the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world and then, to go on and win and be a heavyweight world champion, that says it all.

Haye knows there was only one victor and admits it could have been an error signing up to the fight.

Haye began the fight in a predatory stance. Well-placed one-twos from Haye forced Bellew into the ropes toward the end of the round and Haye capitalized the period with an overhand right that hit his man square.

Bellew called it and he called right again.

Round 3: Each man gets a chance to land their respective jabs in the first minute of the round. Bellew clipped Haye in the final ten seconds which wobbled him visibly as the bell was set to ring.

It is yet to be confirmed how much either fighter will make from pay-per-view buys of the fight on Saturday, however they are both guaranteed a hefty sum.

So as Bellew closes in on the Top 5 of the WBC Heavyweight rankings, potential opponents-despite their pedigree-should be mindful of the Englishman's right hand. "He just got into a slugfest, and we hurt each other", Bellew said.

Bellew was in tears after the fight and said he dedicated the win to his late brother-in-law, who died a year ago. David looked very unstable at times but was more than willing to fight on.

Stepping up to the big leagues, Haye was tasked with injecting dynamism and fun into the heavyweights - boxing's blue riband division - one that was in the vice-like death grips of the Klitschko brothers for too long.

The fourth round went well for Bellew, landing the right hand to hurt Haye a number of times in the round and nearly knocked him down again.

Haye took some severe punishment in the fourth round, and he seemed unable to avoid the punches. He stumbled back to his corner.

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